PS3 Catches a Break on Music Game Compatibility

Most PS3 owners found to their dismay that Rock Band and Guitar Hero 3 were not compatible. This forced you to pay for an extra guitar for both games which left you with a drum set, a mic, and 4 guitars to clutter your home. And now that Rock Band 2 and Guitar Hero World tour are out you may be wondering which to buy. You know that your Rock Band instruments will work with Rock Band 2 but the cool music creator on Guitar Hero is really tempting. Well it now appears that your Rock Band instruments will be compatible with Guitar Hero World Tour! 


Back at E3 the folks from Neversoft announced that Guitar Hero: World Tour on the Xbox 360 would be completely compatible with Rock Band instruments, but weren’t able to comment on compatibility for other versions of the game – until now. During the Activision press conference today at Games Convention, Neversoft’s Brian Bright announced that not only would the PS3 version work with Rock Band instruments, so indeed would the PS2 version.

Later I asked Brian how exactly the drums would work, considering the original Rock Band set has four pads and a pedal versus World Tour’s three drums, two cymbals, and pedal setup. Turns out that the orange pad – the crash cymbal dealie – will map to the blue pad, unless a note is already there, in which case it maps to the green on the fly. Complicated, but if it means I only need one drum set I am willing to give it a go.



After bickering between Activision and Harmonix meant you couldn’t use Guitar Hero’s guitars with Rock Band on the PS3 (’cause Activision wanted moolah for Harmonix to release the patch), Sony has grabbed them both firmly by the nuts and said “everybody’s instruments must work with everybody’s games.” This means that Guitar Hero: World Tour’s insane kit-guitars and drums-will work with Rock Band 2’s and vice versa (and Konami’s Rock Revolution series). Some of the advanced game-specific features might not work (like maybe the touch features on GH:WT’s guitar), but basic compatibility will be there.



Hi everybody, Michael Shorrock, here. I’m the Director of Publisher Relations here at SCEA. I work closely with all of the publishers and developers who create games for all PlayStation platforms. While SCEA had a ton of great announcements at E3, I’m excited to say, we have one more for today, one that I know a lot of you have been asking about:

For the past several months, we have been working closely with Neversoft and Activision, Harmonixand Konami to ensure that PlayStation 3 guitars and drum sets will all feature a basic level of gameplay compatibility.

For the most part, this means that the titles with musical peripherals will work with the other’s software. A few specific examples include: Guitar Hero: World Tour’s guitars and drums will work with Rock Band 2 and Konami’s Rock Revolution software.

And yes, you guessed it, Rock Band 2’s guitar and drum set will work with Guitar Hero: World Tour and with Rock Revolution.

Conversely, Rock Revolution’s drum set will work with both Guitar Hero: World Tour and Rock Band 2.

In addition, Guitar Hero: World Tour and Rock Band 2 will both support the SingStar microphones.

We’re still working hard to ensure compatibility between the Guitar Hero and Rock Band titles currently on the market, and we hope to have an announcement on that shortly.

Of course each of these great games have their own specific cool features that may not be compatible with the other controllers, but this is our first big step in bringing a level of compatibility to music games that is sure to benefit PlayStation 3 consumers.

Keep an eye out here for more information in the future.


                                  –playstation blog

Ok, from what I have dug up here I can say for certain that all of the new rhythm games will be compatible but there seems to be some confusion on weather the original Rock Band drums will be compatible with Guitar Hero World Tour. However Joystiq’s compatibility matrix lists the RB drums as compatible. If you have any more information or have tried to use you RB instruments in Guitar Hero World Tour please comment.

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  • I am not sure about the compatible part for the PS 3 but I do know the GH drums are terrible, I thought I just was real bad with the drums until I read that the drums are a real problem for a lot of people and the people I have talked to have used their RB drums and have had no problems playing GH.